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1. Enjoyment of vigorous health and physical drives.
2. Indifference to all but the physical appetites.
3. The philosophical doctrine that humans are animals in their essential identity and are persons only through their contingent properties.

an′i·mal·ist n.
an′i·mal·is′tic (-lĭs′tĭk) adj.


1. satisfaction of or preoccupation with physical matters; sensuality
2. (Philosophy) the doctrine or belief that man lacks a spiritual nature
3. a trait or mode of behaviour typical of animals
ˈanimalist n


(ˈæn ə məˌlɪz əm)

preoccupation with or motivation by physical or carnal appetites rather than spiritual or intellectual forces.
an′i•mal•ist, n.
an`i•mal•is′tic, adj.


the theory that human beings lack a spiritual nature; animality. — animalist, n. — animalistic, adj.
See also: Mankind
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.animalism - the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
2.animalism - preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetitesanimalism - preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites
disposition, temperament - your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition"


A preoccupation with the body and satisfaction of its desires:
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He sometimes talked in a way that astonished her at first and brought the crimson into her face; in a way that pleased her at last, appealing to the animalism that stirred impatiently within her.
They were both embarrassed and to relieve their embarrassment dropped into the animalism of youth.
But that transitory gleam of the true animalism of these monsters was enough.
This man, good at heart but with a ferocious animalism close at the surface of his being, lying in jail and expectant of nothing less than death, was prevailed upon by the agents of the Iron Heel to throw the bomb in the House of Representatives.
Some might risk the odd paradox that with more animalism he would have been the nobler man.
There was animalism in the soul, and the body had its moments of spirituality.
Asked what fascinates him about insects and why its presence in the movie is crucial, the director answered that insects, and animals in general, bring animalism and a certain spontaneity into the film which cannot be controlled and tamed.
This animalism is, however, in man subject to a totally unique interior life grounded--per the standard conceptualization of the rational soul--in two distinct immaterial faculties: those of the intellect, which shapes reason, and the will, which shapes appetite.
But the essays bear clear witness to developments on both sides of the debate since animalism first made an appearance in its contemporary form, and they expose issues and questions that will shape how the conversation goes from here.
The modern default expectation is that "almost nothing can be turned into almost anything": order from chaos, life from nonlife, reason from instinct, civilization out of savagery, and virtue from animalism.
Caption 1: Old Major tells the animal about his dream-Photo by Egypt Today Old Major dies three days after the incident, leaving the three younger pigs; Snowball, Napoleon and Squealer, to draw on their intelligence in order to formulate the Old Major's principles, called Animalism.
ecstasy" while ingesting the cake, Garth observes "Them shits is good" (127), while Chris reflects that "Our animalism connects us" (126).